One of the most popular and prevalent examples of purity culture’s racism is the critique of the pop singer Beyoncé’s life and work by conservative white politicians and pundits, who have gone so far as to wonder aloud if Jay Z had not crossed the line from husband to exploiting “pimp,” thus reducing Beyoncé’s talent and ambition to a sexuality that is not under her control.
For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Jeff Teague of Planned Parenthood explains the fallout from Tennessee’s new abortion law. In another segment, host Amanda Marcotte discusses how Roe‘s anniversary brings out goofy anti-choicers again, and Obama exposes conservative hypocrisy on the family values question.
The State of the Union address can often feel like a cheer-fest. But last night, there was one moment in which the audience met a sentence obviously intended to be an applause line with profound silence instead.
Ingrained in Bob Jones University’s very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.
While physically taking X-Acto knives to textbooks is extreme and rare, the struggle to mandate what these texts do and do not teach children is not rare in the slightest—and it can manifest in ways that are far more insidious than ripping pages out of a book.
The alarming number of unarmed Black men and women dying because of police brutality and racial discrimination has caused tensions to flare in the United States. Though we continue to fight for justice, we must also find ways to heal and grow from our past to create better relationships in the future. One way to heal is to seek faith and forgiveness through religion. On MSNBC, Rev. Jacqui Lewis and Rev. Serene Jones talk with Melissa Harris-Perry about the importance of faith during this time of hardship.
Catholic bishops in Colorado declared a “neutral stance” on this year’s Colorado’s personhood amendment, while bishops in North Dakota urged voters to approve a “personhood” measure its November’s ballot. Both were defeated on Election Day.
Alabama anti-choicers are at it again, and this time they’re implying that abortion clinics are somehow a danger to children in the way sexual predators are. But the only way that could work is by magic.
Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers.